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Why Talking Therapies Are Important

Talking therapies

Addiction can loosely be described as a physical or mental dependence on a substance or activity to the detriment of health and well-being. In its various guises, it is a debilitating and devastating disease.

Treating and working with addiction can be highly complex, as its causes are often rooted in deep-seated personal issues. The illness carries with it consequences for health, finance, interrelationships and indeed most – if not all – other aspects of life. Whilst there are many programs and resources to be utilised in helping overcome the presenting symptoms of addiction and resolving immediate behavioural issues, there also exists the potential failure to address the underlying causes.

Talking Therapies Help Us Overcome Addiction

Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing MI) often simply called “Counselling” can provide a safe and important platform to explore the underlying causes and resulting effects of addiction.  Therapeutic intervention is based on the premise that substance misuse issues are predetermined and predicated on broader behaviours. This implies that most people that misuse substances were born congenitally predisposed, and simply put, have merely been unconsciously searching for a preferred outlet.

Counselling Helps With Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress can arise from dysfunctional and deeply ingrained thought patterns, as well as in some cases, traumatic life events. Negative beliefs undermine efforts to make healthy choices. Characteristically, symptoms of substance misuse, behavioural addictions and other mental health challenges require an approach of concerted corrective behaviour.

Self-destructive thought patterns and beliefs can often cast doubt on individuals and their ability to recover. And, more importantly, the possibilities of remaining in recovery. Psychological therapies have long since proven their worth in interrupting and changing responses to stress and the potentially ruinous effects of everyday life. They can empower thinking and the development of tools that will allow the resumption of a healthy, fulfilling substance-free life.

Supporters of strategies such as CBT believe that taking the time to gain an insight into beliefs, health and wellbeing must start with challenging responses to situations. Successfully achieving this state starts with discourse. The art of talking can examine negative thought processes and lead to the desired areas of specific treatment and recovery.

Treating Destructive and Dysfunctional Thoughts

Talking therapies can help identify destructive thought patterns that feed the cycle of addiction. Techniques can be an instrumental aid in addressing dysfunctional beliefs. Most negative thoughts stem from the earliest days of childhood. But these patterns do not function as a healthy approach to adult life. By acknowledging mistaken beliefs, empowerment can radically alter thinking and being. Talking therapies have the potential to decouple self-destructive patterns of the past and alongside other corrective techniques facilitate a full and lasting recovery from substance misuse.

A Positive Change For The Future

Talking therapies are part of a wider approach to treatment that works – they have helped millions of people overcome addiction, anxiety, depression and stress. They help acknowledge the past, but more importantly, give light to a brighter present and future. Old ways of thinking can be reviewed and examined and, consequently, positive changes can be made. When engaging with talking therapies, from all sides of the conversation, it is essential to recognise the importance of talking ‘to’ rather than ‘at’ individuals, of listening to the ‘other’ and possibly more importantly the ‘self’.

If you’d like to talk to someone about psychological therapies, how they can help just about anyone overcome any mental health illness including addiction, please do reach out and speak to one of our therapists for more details.

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